It’s this time of year that it’s the general rule that pies and all manner of fruit desserts are made, because there is more than enough fruit to know what to do with. We can’t eat all that fruit. In my family, though, eating fruit has never been a problem and, especially when it’s summer, it’s not known to hang around long.
So, you can imagine that with any fruit-centric recipes, that fruit is put aside or specifically bought for that purpose. When I received The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook for my birthday, the first recipe that jumped out at me was a recipe for sour cream and peach pancakes. It’s only taken me until last week or so to make it – I was waiting for the peaches. But the peaches kept on getting eaten up, with coconut milk and honey, until I stealthily saved one for pancakes before they were all gone.
Fresh figs. I always eat them as is, never with anything or use them in a recipe. I also prefer them over dried figs.
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The other day I had the opportunity to listen to a teleseminar with neurologist David Perlmutter talk about how gluten and other carbs affect your brain, from his upcoming book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Anyone who has had brain fog from ingesting gluten, whether they have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, can attest to this. He also talks about how good fat is vital for your brain’s health and how a simple change in diet can create a difference for good, especially in children, instead of using drugs to regulate or alter behaviour.
In addition to the topics highlighted on the teleseminar page, here are some notes of interest he explains in his talk, in no particular order:
- Why eating less carbs and more good fat is good for your brain’s health and overall health.
- How good fat is super-fuel for your brain.
- The importance of cholesterol (and its interesting, surprising role in getting your vitamin D!)
- How memory and behaviour are affected by diet and, conversely, the alarming effects of some prescription drugs on memory.
- How diseases such as diabetes are a choice, not genetics (although genes do play a part, it is triggered by diet – not by being genetically predisposed).
It’s just about an hour in length, so listen to it when you have some free time to spare. It’s worth it! I’m keen to read Grain Brain after listening to Dr. Perlmutter to learn more about this subject to share with you.
You can listen to the teleseminar here and pre-order the book Grain Brain here.
Update: You can also enter to win an advanced copy on Goodreads! Click here to enter. US residents only.